What Not to Do When Choosing Paint Colors

When looking at a small paint chip, it can be difficult for your brain to imagine what that color will look like on an entire wall or throughout an entire room. What’s even harder to envision is what that color will look like in different lighting situations. The best way to choose the perfect color is to compare paint swatches in the room during different times of the day to get an idea of what the color will look like. 

Also, you should do your best to avoid the common mistakes people make when picking out paint colors below. 

Mistake #1 – Not Taking Your Time with Your Color Choices

Many people go into a paint store with an idea of the color they want and that’s the color they choose. This quick decision making often results in painter’s remorse when they realize the color isn’t what they thought it would be spread far and wide throughout the room and in different lighting situations. 

To avoid this mistake, spend a few days with your color choices. Paint swatches on the walls and view them throughout the day and night and when it’s sunny and overcast to see just how the colors behave with varying light. 

Mistake #2 – Not Considering the Other Colors in the Room

The color you choose may look great on its own, but what does it look like when you view it side by side with the furnishings and other décor in the room? You may be tempted to remove everything from the room to paint it, but before you do, compare the colors you’re considering while some of the furniture and wall décor is still in there to find out how it looks with the other colors in the room. 

Mistake #3 – Painting Samples Right Next to Each Other

One of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing paint colors is placing samples right next to each other on the wall. This only serves as a distraction, making it difficult to decide. 

Instead, place the samples several inches apart to allow your brain to focus on one color at a time. If you don’t want to paint the wall directly with the samples, you can paint strips of lining paper, which allows you to place and move your samples to different areas of the room for comparison. 

Mistake #4 – Being Afraid of Color

Today’s modern home décor is full of color, but many people are hesitant to choose bold colors. If you just love that bold shade of blue, then go for it. Don’t shy away from it just because it’s not what “normally” goes on the wall. 

Keep in mind that 2020’s color of the year is a vibrant shade of blue, and rich greens and dark grays are also excellent choices to bring a pop of color into your home. 

The next time you decide to paint a room in your home, be sure you avoid making the mistakes listed above when picking a paint color.